ORLANDO (CBSMiami/CNN) – Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay will open to the public in the first week of June.
The theme park was the first of Orlando’s big three theme parks to present its reopening plan to Orange County’s Economic Recovery Task Force.
They have announced that they will be welcoming guests beginning June 5.
Universal’s Chief Administrative Officer John Sprouls said they are making the park as safe as possible.
“We have taken our industrial engineering team and they have helped lay out social distancing in restaurants and stores. Based upon that we’ve been able to readjust our capacity, ride by ride, food outlet by food outlet,” he said.
Universal did not give any maximum capacity numbers but said they will ramp capacity up slowly.
The park will be implementing a number of safety measures.
All guests and workers will be asked to wear face-coverings and submit to temperature checks.
Other safety measures in place include closing interactive play areas, eliminating the water and mist elements on some of the rides, using virtual lines, and transitioning to mobile ordering so food service is contactless.
The task force unanimously approved the plan which passed it on for the county’s mayor and Governor Ron DeSantis for their approval.
It remains to be seen is how the public will embrace the new protocols, particularly wearing masks in Florida’s summer heat.
Sprouls said based on what they’ve seen so far at CityWalk they’re optimistic.
“I would say that our guests have been supportive of the process, we’re not hearing complaints about that or the masks, I thinking they’re very happy to be able to get out,” he said.
There’s no word on when Walt Disney World will have the governor take a look at their plan for reopening.
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